Employment Opportunities During the Holidays

A tremendous amount of money changes hands during the holiday season.  Take the opportunity to not only save money but also potentially make money. For example, Black Friday is a great day for retailers.  It is the first day of the year that most retailers start making money for the year.  Also the thirty-day period between Halloween and Thanksgiving normally is not a sale period but times have changed and changed radically. The bad news for the economy is that 240, 000 jobs were lost in Oc

I Am Thankful For You!

In the United States we will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with family and friends.  We will be eating plenty of delicious and lovingly prepared food and very likely watching hours of football.  But beyond that, Thanksgiving is also a time to recall that life is best lived when done in a state of gratitude.  It is also a time to make sure that our customers, clients, employees and vendors know how very important they are to us and how much we appreciate them.  This is indeed a time

Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part III

In the first post and second posts of this 3 part series on making money, saving money, reducing expenses, and living better we discussed how you might increase your income at your regular job and outside of your workplace.  Now we will discuss how you can survive and thrive in this recession or any other. Be Recession Proof on a Modest Income Three Recession Resistant Industries (not sexy but necessary) Healthcare Government Education  Modest Income Recession Plan  Pay your bills f

Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part II

In the first post of this 3 part series on making money, saving money, reducing expenses, and living better we discussed how you might increase your income at your regular job. Now we will discuss opportunities on how to increase your income outside of work. How to Increase Your Income Outside of Work What hobbies or activities are you engaged in that can be turned into part time income? For example do you enjoy flea markets?  Buy at them and sell at them.  Why not sell things that you have

Make Money – Save Money – Reduce Expenses – Live Better, Part I

How to Increase Your Income at Work Ask for a raise. If you feel you are over performing and are under paid for it then ask for more. A couple of great places to get tips for doing this successfully are http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/ or http://www.monster.com/. Also take the time to research some articles and advice regarding asking for a raise in a turbulent economy before going into your supervisor. You want to feel very confident in what you bring to the company before walking in that door. Quic

Email Etiquette – Business and Personal

The vast majority of businesses now use email for business communications, which of course highlights the importance of knowing proper email etiquette. It is astounding how many who practice proper etiquette when writing a "hard copy" business letter throw those rules away when composing an email. Let's not forget as online networkers offending someone or distracting them with poor online manners isn't going to further our cause. Here are the basics. Resist Immediately Filling in the Add

First Woman in 20 years Wins World Championship of Public Speaking

  First woman in 20 years wins World Championship of Public Speaking - The Toastmaster magazine, October 2008 - By Paul Sterman and Beth Black As a girl growing up in a small Texas town, LaShunda Rundles regularly gave speeches and presentations – at events such as church programs, high school banquets and conventions. Not that she chose to do so ­– she was terrified at the prospect of facing audiences. It was Rundles’ mother – a local educator ­­– who steered her into such app

Great Leaders Choose Toastmasters – Toastmasters at McGraw-Hill

Harold "Terry" McGraw III, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. graciously took the time last year to explain his corporation's support for Toastmasters clubs. Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies provide global information services in the financial services, education and business information markets through brands such as Standard Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Business Week and J.D. Power and Associates. The corporation has more than 280 offi

Productivity Tool Kit For Entrepreneurs

If you are online as a business person or an entrepreneur I thought it would be interesting to come up with a must have productivity tool kit (there's option or two).  The following collection are tool that I utilize to keep my productivity high. Email is critical in today's business world, and a smart, intuitive and easy-to-access tool is key.  Microsoft Outlook is used by most businesses and in some way may be integrated with your iphone or Blackberry.  Google and Yahoo offer free email ser

Toastmaster Tips – 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers. How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback. Speaking for 20 minutes before the right group of people can do more for your career than spending a year behind a desk! Rob Sherman, an attorney and public speaker in Columbus, Ohio, says in an article in the Toastmaster magazine to avoid these mist